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5648Bernard Purdie is one of the most well known drummers of all time, in all genres of music and probably the most recorded in history. From his early days as a session player to being Aretha Franklin’s musical director, being an over-dub drummer for The Beatles, recording albums with King Curtis, Steely Dan, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, Hall & Oats, Quincy Jones, The Last Poets, Roberta Flack & James Brown, “The Hit Maker” is a staple in music.

In 1967 he entered a studio with several other friends to cut his first solo album; “Soul Drums” which was released on Date, a new subsidiary of Columbia Records. More recently he was the drummer for the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair and appeared on the associated Broadway cast recording.

“Soul Drums” has become one of the most sought after drum LPs amongst vinyl collectors. With it’s heavy reverb psychedelic funk sound, this record will blown lids. Available for the first time on cd with the inclusion of eight bonus tracks. These songs are rumored to be the follow-up LP titled “Alexander’s Rag Time Band” which has been shelved since recording. The re-issue for “Soul Drums” will also include liner notes taken from a recent interview with Bernard Purdie and unpublished photos from the original album cover photo session.

“As a drummer, music fan, beat maker and beat collector, of course I have to give it up to Mr Purdie. The man responsible for Aretha’s and many others classic swinging break beats.” Mike D (Beastie Boys)

“Bernard Purdie is a master musician who brings everything he can to his performance. I grew to depend on him and really treasure the work we did together.” Roberta Flack


01. Soul Drums
02. Bee ‘N’ Bee
03. Caravan
04. Soul Bossa Nova
05. Jimmy’s Back
06. Funky Donkey
07. Bill’s Groove
08. On The Outskirts Of Minitown
09. Testifyin’
10. Modern Jive
11. Blow Your Lid (But Watch Your Cool)
Bonus Tracks:
12. Alexander’s Rag Time Band (stereo)
13. Fickle Finger Of Fate (stereo)
14. Genuine John (stereo)
15. Soul Clappin’ (stereo)
16. Groovin’ (stereo)
17. If You Never Cry (stereo)
18. Stop (stereo)
19. Time Is Tight (stereo)

The album Bernard PurdieSoul Drums (Bonus Edition)” (Greenstreets) is going to be released September 04, 2009.

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